Employee managing is changing. Period.
A world where you’d expect your workforce to follow instructions blindly doesn’t exist anymore.
Instead, you need to communicate with employees effectively.
The stats speak for themselves; disengaged employees cost organizations an average of $450-550 billion per year.
Luckily for you, we’re looking at five tips for managing your employees and avoiding basic HR mistakes.
1. Connect with Your Workforce
Don’t make your teams work in the dark. Share your vision and future plans for the company with them. Lay out your objectives and goals and explain how your workforce can contribute.
Teams that work towards a common purpose are more incentivized. It stands to reason, when employees feel a connection to what you’re working towards, they’ll stick around.
Top Tip: Try using employee engagement software to help you with this task.
2. Appreciate Your Workforce
Value what your workers are good at and listen to them, rather than taking an “I’m right, I’m your manager” line. Create an inclusive workplace, where employees can come to you with ideas and concerns, and where you involve them in company decision making.
Improve productivity by providing people with incentives they can work towards. For example, a health plan or performance bonuses. You’ll benefit in the long run and attract a higher caliber workforce in return.
4. Managing and Hiring Managers
Your workforce includes managers, so don’t forget about them! You need to handle them like you might other employees while giving them a chance to develop their own management style.
When hiring managers, select people who value teamwork. They should want a workforce where employees are happy, engaged and can cope without micromanaging or castigating.
Don’t be afraid to delegate either. Allow your managers to manage, but remember – don’t only delegate the menial stuff you don’t want to do!
5. Be Aware
Remember, you’re the boss. Everyone is looking to you and noting your behavior. If you walk around looking angry, your workforce will pick up on it.
Don’t spend all day with the office door shut. What message does that give to your managers and employees?
Remember the decisions you make can affect your employees, sometimes negatively.
Employee Managing: Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
Be inclusive with what your company does, how it’s doing and where it’s going. These are relevant aspects of employee managing.
Ensure everyone knows where to go to find out important company news. Have a regular means of communicating with your teams, whether it’s via an app, a newsletter, face-to-face or hopefully all three!
Give your employees a context in which they’re working. They’ll thank you and work better, harder and for longer. Give people useful feedback. Make sure to recognize and reward them when they (and your company) does well.
If you want to create a workplace that people want to be a part of, these are the steps you need to follow. For more information on how to create employee loyalty, check out our blog post.